girlworks media publish a digital edition of girlworks magazine via an IOS and Android app, and this website www.girlworks.ca
At girlworks media, we take your privacy and the responsibility to protect your information very seriously and will take care in the use and handling of your data.
So, what information are we collecting?
Our website exists for your entertainment and education. It’s important that you obtain parental consent to register for the site if you’re under the age of 16. With parental or guardian permission, you can then join in with comments, competitions, and downloads.
We collect your information if you:
- create an account in our website
- enter any competitions
- interact or contact us by letter, phone, SMS, email, or via our website
- submit contributions to the magazines via post or the website
While doing these things, you might provide us with other data, such as your name, address, the type of device you’re using to connect to the internet, and the subjects that you’re interested in. We use this data to provide you with information, improve your website experience, or reply to your questions.
We make sure that all of this information is stored safely and securely. In return, you need to make sure that your password, if you know it, is not shared with anyone except from a parent or guardian, and is kept safe.
We also collect certain information about how you use the website, and the device that you use to do this. This includes things like how long visited the website for, things you might have searched for on the website, and your rough geographical location (e.g., Narnia; no that’s not a real place, just seeing if you’re still reading).
If you click on something from another website, such as a YouTube link, while you’re on our site, then that website may be able to get similar information from your device. We do not control these websites and are not responsible for them.
The only time we would ever share your data with a third party (another website or company), is to help you receive information from them. Specifically, this will only happen if you win a competition or similar event, and they need your contact details to send you a prize.
How do we use your information?
girlworks media use your information lawfully and do not sell it to third parties. There are a number of reasons why we might use your information, which include:
- making sure your account works and processing any requests you might have.
- providing your parent with information about the things we create.
- sending out information about products, services, activities, promotions, or anything else that we feel might be of interest or use to you.
- contacting your parents about things they have bought.
- looking at the way you use our websites and apps, so that we can improve the services that we offer (for example, personalizing our communications with you).
- providing customer service and support.
In the end, we’re interested in keeping your information safe and using it in ways that benefit you. Our priority is making sure that you have the best experience possible on our websites, and that’s what we use data for.
Who can see your information?
Our staff, or the staff of third parties that we work with, might use the information that you provide. They might store it, delete it (only when necessary!), organize it, or record it, but whatever they do, it will be done lawfully and safely.
Some examples of people who might see this information include:
- our website operators and IT support providers
- our customer service team
- our financial services
Do we share your information?
We share your information within our company and our partner third party companies in order to use it legally. If we share it outside of our company, your parent or guardian will need to consent to this specifically.
How long do we keep your data for?
We will keep hold of your information only as long as is necessary. This means, for example, that we will hold information that is needed to make your website account work, until you delete your account on our website.
We look to find ways to reduce the amount of information that we store, by doing things like regularly archiving our emails, using password protected folders to restrict access to information, and deleting any information we no longer require.